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The Source: America's Obsession With Lawns

Aug 31, 2015
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Thanks to Leave It To Beaver and The Brady Bunch, golf courses and baseball fields, green lawns are a keystone of the American cultural psyche. Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, asks how the US fell so deeply in love with green lawns. In his new book, Lawn People, he explores the impact and toll of that interesting relationship. 

The San Antonio Missions were made a world heritage site a few short months ago.The historic structures that are shared between the National Parks Service, the State of Texas, and the Catholic Church, were built by native peoples and was the center of life for generations.

We talk about the native histories of the San Antonio Missions.

Guests:

Ryan E. Poppe

Gus Bard stares out of his kitchen window at the giant abandoned G.J. Sutton complex that stretches alongside his restaurant, Sweet Yams Organic on North Cherry Street.

“It should come down. If they are going to build something there it should be a space. They should stop building buildings that block the neighborhood from downtown,” Bard said.

 

The original white brick building with a gated entrance is just on the other side of the railroad tracks, across from the Alamodome and San Antonio’s downtown, on the city’s Eastside.

Migration Policy Institute

While GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump is touting his plan for a massive border wall that would bear his name and stretch the entire two-thousand mile border from Brownsville to San Diego, new numbers are coming to light that show that illegal immigration continues to be on the decline.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth."

After World War II, Mexican American veterans returned home to lead the struggle for civil rights.

Many of their stories have been recorded by the Voces Oral History Project founded and directed by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism.

In her new book “Texas Mexican Americans and Post War Civil Rights Rivas Rodriguez tells the stories of three lesser known battles in Mexican American civil rights in Texas.

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